Understanding the sequelae of traumatic asphyxia, strangulation and positional asphyxia

This article was published by EMS-1 in June 2020 in the aftermath of the tragic death of George Floyd. It addresses the differences between positional asphyxia, traumatic asphyxia and strangulation. This article is suitable for EMS students or

veterans alike and addresses some of the myths around the subject such as,

“If you can say ‘I can’t breathe,’ then that is proof that you can.”

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